New Delhi: More than 53,000 people have been rescued by NDRF teams from the flood-ravaged areas in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
The National Disaster Response Force has deployed 75 rescue and relief teams, with about 40 rescuers in each, to help the people hit by heavy rains in these states and has also tasked two Deputy Inspector General-rank officers in Bihar and UP for monitoring the situation round-the-clock.
"So far, NDRF teams have evacuated/rescued more than 53,000 persons and provided medical assistance to 12,200 needy persons in this monsoon season. Operations are still continuing," the force said.
The National Disaster Response Force teams are deployed in Bihar's Munger, Samastipur, Begusarai, Fathuha, Patna, Bhagalpur, Didarganj, Danapur, Bakhtiyarpur, Buxar, Vaishali and Chhapra and evacuated over 1,748 marooned people to safer places.
Similarly, it said, in Uttar Pradesh, these teams conducted rescue and relief operations at Allahabad, Banda, Gazipur, Varanasi and Ballia districts and evacuated 2,163 people, who were stranded in low lying areas.
A team has also been positioned at Mangan in North Sikkim and has helped evacuate more than 280 people to safer places, it said.
The forces' control room at its headquarters here is also monitoring the situation to coordinate with all the stakeholders.
The control room's contacts are: 011-24363260/24363261 and the email id is: hq.Ndrf@nic.In.
Early this week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had promised total support to these flood-hit states in conduct of rescue and relief operations.
He had said Home Minister Rajnath Singh is closely monitoring the situation and has spoken to chief ministers of these states.